Saracens VS Worcester Warriors
This game on the hallowed turf at HQ, was to be the last for Saracens and South Africa legend, Ernest Joubert. A great stadium to finish an amazing career but could Sarries top it off with a victory?…
It looked as if it was to be the dream ending from the start when Ben Spencer threw the dummy pass and broke through the Warriors line. Then a beautifully executed cross kick from Spencer was gathered by Chris Ashton who dived over.
Next, it was Spencer who was scoring. Some lovely handling from the Saracens backs gave Chris Wyles the space to break down the wing and flick the ball back inside to the Saracens scrum half who galloped in.
Charlie Hodgson slotted a penalty after a dominant scrum but Tom Heathcote replied with two kicks of his own to bring Worcester tally to six.
Charlie Hodgson, who was in for the resting Owen Farrell, banged a kick over from 40 metres as the clock turned into red for half time.
HALF TIME SARACENS 20 – 6 WORCESTER WARRIORS
Jackson Wray who had been denied in the first half, snatched the score from the driving maul extended the Saracens lead.
Sarries crossed again when some superb footwork from hooker, Schalk Brits gave Charlie Hodgson a bit of space. Hodgson, who announced his retirement during the week, flicked the ball to Ashton who finished his second try with the signature dive, Ash Splash.
Yet again, Saracens were crossing the white wash again just minutes later; Schalk Brits had the ball at the back and dropped over the line after some great
driving play from the Wolf pack.
Worcester were torn apart even more when some great hands gave Ben Ransom enough space to step the oncoming defenders.
Worcester’s Phil Dowson was shown the yellow card but it looked like they would suddenly be back to equal numbers when a high tackle from Chris Ashton looked to be extremely dangerous. However the yellow card was ruled out by the TMO and Worcester were awarded a penalty deep in their own half. They booted the ball into the corner and Joe Rees bundled over for the Warriors first try at Twickenham and their first try of the match.
Worcester never gave up hope however and when Brice Heam burst through 6 tackles, Saracens had given up and a huge overlap outside was exploited by the Worcester captain, GJ Van Velze who slid in. All in all, the Worcester Warriors left Twickenham disappointed and rattled where as, Saracens left a very happy bunch indeed.
FULL TIME SARACENS 48 – 18 WORCESTER WARRIORS
London Irish VS Wasps
London Irish welcomed new World Cup winner, Ben Franks, to the starting lineup who only 1 month was at Twickenham holding the World Cup trophy aloft.
Wasps punished London Irish and piled the pressure on after a poor box kick from Scott Steele went out on the full. Despite all the pressure, Wasps would only come away with 3 points from the boot of Ruaridh Jackson when Blair Cowan was caught straying offside.
However, London Irish response instantly and nearly got the try but some great defence held London Irish to the just the 3 points from Noakes.
More ill discipline again from Ofisa Treviranus gave Ruaridh Jackson another chance to slot the penalty but he scuffed the ball and it went miles wide.
He was then presented with another chance when London Irish were penalised for not rolling away and this time he made no mistake with the strike.
Ill discipline was yet again the next chance to points when a scrum was called to be deliberately pulled down Wasps, however Noakes couldn’t take the points on offer.
Wasps were presented with the chance for three but some quick thinking and a quick tap from Charles Piutau gave Frank Halai a simple dive in out wide.
Irish looked to finish the first half with a bang as Alex Lewington burst through superbly and then a great carries from Tom Court set Jonny Williams up for the score on his Premiership debut.
HALF TIME LONDON IRISH 8 – 11 WASPS
Ruaridh Jackson’s poor kicking display carried on as he missed his first kick of the half and Chris Noakes did exactly the same.
With it not being a day for the kickers, it was time for the slick open field play of Wasps. A great turn of pace from Elliot Daly saw him burst through the gap and slid in to strengthen his England chances even more.
Jonny Williams was dotting down for his second when Topsy Ojo grubber kicked it past Charles Piutau and the 19 year old centre collected and grounded the ball.
Wasps eventually looked to have sealed the win when a strong driving maul was finished by Thomas Young under the posts.
Elliot Daly showed his gas pacing away from Lewington and then put the ball in two hands and offloaded to Frank Halai who placed the ball down.
FULL TIME LONDON IRISH 18 – 33 WASPS